Casey Ryder, Staff Writer |
This past Saturday, the softball team defeated Oswego 7-2 in what was the second game of a doubleheader between the two sides. Our Red Dragons came into the contest in good form, having won the first matchup 5-1.
After Oswego failed to put any runs on the board, Oneonta got off to a strong start in the bottom of the first. Caroline Koch led off and got the team started with a single to left-center. After stealing second, Koch was brought home on the next at-bat for the first run of the game when Marissa Nagel hit a triple to left field. On the next at-bat, Nagel was tagged out at home after trying to steal home on a passed ball.
Later in the inning, with two outs and runners on first and second, Oneonta doubled their advantage when Victoria Hussey singled to center field, bringing in Megan Palmatier from second. Following that, Gianna DiGiovanni hit a ground ball to second and following a throwing error by the Oswego second baseman, DiGiovanni got on second, Hussey advanced from first to third, and Julia Serena made it home from second to put Oneonta up by three. Finally, on what proved to be the last at-bat of the inning, Hussey made it home from third off a wild pitch, and at the end of the first inning, the Red Dragons led 4-0.
In the top of the third, the Lakers put a slight dent in Oneonta’s margin when Zoe Mennig hit a double to left field to bring home Taylor Dubois from second.
The bats went quiet for several innings after that. That was until Oneonta added a few insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth before Oswego had their last opportunity to bat. The team rallied with two outs and no one on base starting with a Delaney Haley single. After Haley advanced to second on a wild pitch, Caroline Koch singled to shortstop and following an error by the Oswego first baseman, Koch advanced to second and Haley made it home to put the Red Dragons up five. Then, in the last at-bat of the inning, Marissa Nagel hit the ball deep into left field and Koch made it home from second to extend the lead to six while Nagel was tagged out at third.
With a 7-1 lead heading into the top of the seventh, all Oneonta needed was to get three outs to secure the victory and win both games in the doubleheader. Angelina Scalere came in to close the show and she got off to a good start with Taylor Dubois flying out to right field. However, on the following at-bat, Zoe Mennig once again put a dent in Oneonta’s lead hitting a home run to left field to cut the lead back down to five. Following that, Scalere would get the second out as Fiona Higgins grounded out to third base. Then, the show was closed when Madison Hoeflich grounded out to first base and our Red Dragons took the victory 7-2 on a very successful afternoon!
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